Bow fishing is a method of fishing that uses archery to catch game. The fish are shot with barbed arrows that look much like gigs. Freshwater and saltwater fish can be hunted with bows. Carp, grass carp, bighead carp, alligator carp, and paddlefish are common for freshwater. Rays, and sharks are common for saltwater. There are two basic bows used. Long bows and recurve bows are common, however, compound bows have come into use. The arrows used are different than normal archery. The arrows generally have no fletching and are attached to a line to retrieve. The line used has anywhere from 80-400 lbs test. 600 lbs test is normally used for alligators. Three types of reels are generally used: Handwrap, spincast, and retriever. Polarized sunglasses are recommended to help see into the water on sunny days since they cut the glare. Bow fishing can be done from the shore but is more common on boats. Aiming is one of the most difficult things to do. Typically, you will want to aim below your target to compensate for the optical illusion (refraction of light through the water). Generally aiming 4 inches below for every 10 feet away from you and 3 inches below for every foot down will give good results. Check your local rules and regulations for fishing in your area. Ambush Xtreme Outdoors strives to be your source for gear, information and services! Become a member and start saving money on your favorite outdoor activities today!